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Packing 101

I know that this may seem like elementary school stuff to most of you, but it never hurts to go over a few basics when it comes to getting your packs together. I’ve gone ahead and attached a few lists and links that you can go through in order to get yourselves ready for Philmont. The first is the standard lists that Philmont suggests you follow, which I have personally used and found to be very good. The key with these lists is to get clothing and equipment that are both lightweight and durable. Durable usually means you may have to spend a little bit more when getting what you need, but it's always better to spend a little more money upfront if possible & save yourself a lot of headaches later on.

• Pack with padded hip belt
• Pack cover (waterproof nylon)
• 1-gallon Zip-Lock plastic bags to pack your clothes
• Sleeping bag in waterproof stuff sack
• Sleeping clothes to be worn only in sleeping bag
• Foam sleeping pad (closed-cell or Therm-a-Rest)
• Straps to hold sleeping bag & sleeping pad onto your pack

Layer A (Hiking Clothes)
• Hiking boots (well broken in)
• Lightweight sneakers or sandals (for use at campsites)
• Three pair of heavy socks (wool)
• Three pair of lighter inner socks (polypro)
• Three changes of underwear
• Two pair of hiking shorts; (Zip-leg pants can take care of this and your Layer B pants as well)
• Two short-sleeve shirts (not nylon)
• One hat or cap (flexible, with brim)

Layer B (Cool Evening)
• One long-sleeve shirt (wool or flannel)
• One pair of long pants (cotton or nylon; not heavy jeans)
• One pair of insulated underwear (polypro)

Layer C (Cold)
• One sweater or jacket (wool or polar fleece)
• One stocking cap (wool or polypro)
• One pair of glove liners or mittens (wool or polypro)
Layer D (Cold, Wet, Windy)
• One sturdy rain suit (A)

• Deep bowl (small, plastic)
• Cup (measuring style)
• Eating utensils
• 3 to 4: 1-quart water bottles or Hydration pack(BB, A)

Personal and Miscellaneous
• Small pocketknife or multi-tool(A)
• Matches and lighter in waterproof container (BB, A)
• Flashlight (small with extra batteries and bulb)
• Two bandanas or handkerchiefs (BB)
• Money (in small bills; $10 & $20’s)
• Lip balm such as Chap-Stick (at least SPF 25) (BB, A)
• Soap (biodegradable) (BB, S)
• Toothbrush and toothpaste (BB)
• Small towel
• Sunglasses (inexpensive)
• Ditty bag (for personal items in bear bag)

• Hiking poles
• Camera and film (BB)
• Whistle
• Watch (inexpensive)
• Fishing equipment and licenses
• Postcards (stamped)
• Rubber bands (large, for packing)
• Foot powder (BB, S)
• Notepad and pen
• Daypack for side hikes (S)

Note: No radios, tape/CD/MP3 players, video game devices, or hammocks. Cellular telephones are discouraged. Do not bring deodorant or perfumes.

•(BB) Packed together in a plastic bag to be placed in bear bag at night.
•(S) Share with buddy.
•(A) Easily accessible in pack or carried on person.

External Links

Backpacking.net Formerly The lightweight Backpacker

This is a very good website to use, especially for those of you that are trying to cut a few pounds or even just a few extra ounces from their packs. Hint, Hint to all of the adults in the group!

There really is a lot for you to look through at this website so check it out for yourselves. I do want to warn you though, that you can literally spend HOURS surfing through all of the information they offer, and I need not remind you that we are quickly running out of time. If you already haven't, which I can't imagine any of you not having your packs ready by now, really need to hurry up and get your packs & your gear squared away.

The Lightweight Backpacker


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